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Address: St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia
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10:00 - 17:00
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Visit the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne's most iconic landmark, where...

Visit the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne's most iconic landmark, where Victorians have been coming since 1934 to honour the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women in war and


Enter the Shrine and experience the quiet solitude of the Sanctuary where hundreds of thousands pay their respects each year. All visitors are invited to participate in a Remembrance Ceremony featuring the Ray of Light re-enactment.

Surrounded by the Shrine Reserve, the Shrine is elevated, overlooking the city of Melbourne within 13 hectares of beautiful parkland. Enjoy stunning views of the Reserve and many of Melbourne's landmarks from the balcony of the Shrine.

Explore the monuments and memorials throughout the Reserve, including the Gallipoli Memorial, as well as the many remembrance trees dedicated to Victorian service units from the Boer War onwards. The Eternal Flame on the Second World War Forecourt symbolises eternal life for those who have served.

The Ray of Light ceremony is central to the experience of the Shrine of Remembrance. A ray of natural sunlight passes through an aperture in the ceiling of the Sanctuary and falls onto the Stone of Remembrance over the word "love" at precisely 11.00 am on 11 November each year. This is the moment when the armistice was signed in 1918 marking the end of hostilities in the First World War. The ceremony is now reproduced every half hour using electric light to allow all visitors to the Shrine to experience it.

The Shrine also has an extensive permanent and temporary exhibition space. The Galleries of Remembrance is a $45 million Victorian Government redevelopment that utilises 1,600 square metres of undercroft space beneath the Shrine. Over 850 objects illustrate the experiences of Australians at war and in peacekeeping operations, from Pre-Federation to the present day, with a particular focus on individual and unit stories of Victorian service and sacrifice. A highlight of the exhibition is the SS Devanha lifeboat, a Gallipoli landing boat on loan from the collection of the Australian War Memorial. The Devanha carried soldiers of the 12th Battalion and the 3rd Field Ambulance into Anzac Cove on the morning of 25 April 1915.

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Very beautiful place

Worth going through the beautiful structure. The museum area below is wonderfully set out and provides some fantastic pieces that interest everyone. It has been completed very... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Worth going through the beautiful structure. The museum area below is wonderfully set out and provides some fantastic pieces that interest everyone. It has been completed very tastefully and all the guides there were extremely knowledgable and very insightful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

is a silent and very green place arround . nice place for visit .war memorial dedicated in 1934. situated in 13 hectares of beautidul parkland. the shine is a place to commemorate and learn about the service and sacrifice od australian men and women.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This historic shrine serves as a museum, filled with photos, artifacts and the history of Australians who served in the Great War (WWI). Allow enough time to see it all, 3 or 4 hours.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is an imposing and impressive memorial to those who gave their lives fighting for their country. Inside are ledgers with the many names of those who died. Well worth a visit when visiting Melbourne

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Such a calm oasis in this buzzing city. Worth climbing the stairs for the skyline views. Beautifully kept with informative plaques and lovely memorials around. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went here as a large excursion for a holiday program with our teens and they had all found it really interesting and spent quite a lot of time exploring the history. It had Interesting facts, Great service from the tour guides and plenty to see. If you have a day off and are in the area, I would highly... More 

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We enjoyed our visit here and to really appreciate it you need a couple of hours. The outside is beautiful and the inside informative.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Came here on Tuesday 21st February, the information inside is amazing and learnt a lot. Beautiful building with great views of Melbourne from the balcony, definitely something to check out when you are walking around Melbourne!

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Well worth a visit, truly amazing how it's done. Need plenty of time to take it all in. We were lucky enough to be there when a school tour arrived, they showed us exactly what happens there on 11/11 for Remembrance Sunday...very moving. A wonderful memorial to all who have been involved in conflicts...war or peace keeping. Beautiful building.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This memorial does justice to the enormous Australian sacrifices in The Great-and other-Wars to the cause of liberty. Be sure to see the spot where light falls on 11/11. Get a great view of the city from the roof.

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